Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in the manufacturing of Polycarbonate (PC Plastics) which have been banned from baby bottles but still used in cans and food storage like your plastic water and beverage bottles!!
DANGERS OF BPA IN HUMANS:
- Effects on brain and behavior
- Early onset of puberty in children
- Birth defects in unborn fetuses
- Pre-cancerous lesions of the Prostate & Mammary Glands
- Hormonal imbalance
- Thyroid problems
- Reduced fertility in women
- In 2016, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38
- Bottling liquids into plastic bottles produces over 205 million tons of carbon dioxide into the environment
- Over 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million seabirds die every year from ingestion or entanglement in plastic litter
- There is currently 6x more plastic debris than there is plankton in our oceans
- The U.S used an average of 2.5 million water bottles every hour of every day, 80$ of which is not recycled.
You are a health conscious consumer and, as such, you purchase “all natural” “low sugar” beverages, including bottled spring water, in lightweight plastic bottles that you keep in your car as you drive around all day, use for hydration during sports activities or at the health club, tote around on your bicycle as part of your health regimen or stow away on your child’s stroller as you get your daily exercise walking with your child from here to there.
Now you are about to be clued into a well-kept secret. Numerous studies have determined that consumption of beverages packaged in plastic bottles can have serious deleterious health effects, including pre-cancerous lesions of the prostrate and mammary glands, birth defects, thyroid problems and reduced fertility in females due to the chemical Bixphenol A which is used in the manufacture of most plastic bottles. Exposure of plastic bottles to extreme heat (i.e., sitting in your car during the summer) or direct sunlight (i.e., sitting on a bench while you work out on the athletic field) can hasten the decomposition of the chemical components of plastic, thus increasing the likelihood of a resulting adverse health effect. Overlaying the direct adverse health effects of plastic bottles is the fact that process of bottling liquids into plastic bottles produces and annually over 205 million tons of carbon dioxide escaping into our environment. FYI, for all of us save the planet proponents, there is currently 6x more plastic debris in our oceans than there is plankton and over 100,000 marine mammals and 1 million seabirds die every year from ingestion or entanglement in plastics.
So why do beverage manufacturers avoid glass, why the switch over the years from glass to plastic? Do you want the truth, can you handle the truth? It’s all about the almighty dollar, or should we say the almighty 15¢. It’s the savings realized by using cheap plastics for bottling purposes and the pennies saved per bottle on shipping costs due to the lesser weight. Did you honestly think it was for your benefit? Maybe because plastic is lighter and easier to carry around and therefore more convenient for you? Of course not! Profit first, concern for your health and our environment a distant second. You have been duped!
So what can you do? Free yourself, once and for all, of beverages packaged in plastic bottles – go glass instead. Let’s face it, beverages taste better when bottled in glass (or haven’t you noticed?) – it’s a purer, less adulterated, taste devoid of any decomposing material which would alter the intended flavor of your beverage or even poison it. So dig deep down for that extra 15¢ or even 25¢ is it should come to that….save yourself, save your children, save our environment.